Cuban Women Filmmakers 2013 US Showcase

By Sydney Levine, LatinoBuzz

The Tri-City Screenings are an unprecedented cultural and professional exchange between Cuban and U.S. film communities showcasing a selection of short, documentary and feature films directed by Cuban women in Los Angeles from March 6–12, New York from March 13–17, and Miami March 18–25.

The Cuban women participating in the U.S. Showcase represent the island's preeminent female directors, writers and actors. They are award-winning filmmaker and head of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, Marina Ochoa; award-winning Afro-Cuban documentary filmmaker, Gloria Rolando; award-winning feature filmmaker Milena Almira and one of Cuba's most internationally acclaimed film and theater actresses, Claudia Rojas. 

Honorary hosts include: Annette Bening, Laura Bickford, Jackson Browne, Lisa Cholodenko, James Cromwell, NALIP member Isabel Cueva, Benicio Del Toro, Hector Elizondo, Naomi Foner, Brad Horwitz, Penny Marshall, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Rick Nicita and Paula Wagner, Sean Penn, Shervin and Anahita Pishevar, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Sarandon, Hilda Solis, Andy Spahn, and Dionne Warwick.

Scheduled for Los Angeles (March 6-12), New York (March 13-17) and Miami (March 18-25), the showcases will be complemented by panels to offer educational and cultural opportunities for U.S. and Cuban women in the industry, to forge creative and cultural bonds, and to foster the expansion of a dialogue between nations, creating new spaces wherein to share social, historic and artistic female perspectives.

This will be the first time a group of Cuban women filmmakers travels to the United States to screen their work in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. Screenings and panel discussions are being organized by a collaboration of the most prestigious and proactive institutions that provide a place and an infrastructure for women to grow and excel in the film industry, such as Women In Film.

Events thus far include:

March 6-12 in LOS ANGELES:
Thursday, March 7, 2:00pm - Brooks Institute - Screening of short films followed by Q&A with visiting filmmakers Marina Ochoa, Gloria Rolando, Milena Almira and Claudia Rojas 
(5301 N Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA 93001, 805-585-8000)

Friday, March 8, 7:30pm - Egyptian Theatre - Sponsored by the American Cinematheque, in celebration of "International Women's Day" and the international, inaugural launch of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque and the Tri-City tour of the Cuban Women U.S. Showcase, a Screening and Q&A with visiting Cuban filmmakers Marina Ochoa, Gloria Rolando, Milena Almira and Claudia Rojas, followed by "Havana Nights in Hollywood" After-party with music by Candi Sosa y Su Sexteto. Tickets $7.00/$11.00 on sale at www.fandango.com
(6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028)

Saturday, March 9, 2:00pm & 4:00pm, - Sunset Gower Studio - Sponsored by NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, 2:00pm Screening, 4:00 -7:00pm Panel followed by a Reception: "The Independent Story Finds a Home in Global Cinema: Where Women Are Taking The Lead" Moderator by Laura Bickford, with the visiting Cuban filmmakers Marina Ochoa, Gloria Rolando, Milena Almira and Claudia Rojas. Tickets $10.00/$15.00
(6062 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028)

Monday, March 11, 7:00pm - USC School of Cinematic Arts Broccoli Theater - Screening and Panel discussion with the visiting Cuban filmmakers Marina Ochoa, Gloria Rolando, Milena Almira and Claudia Rojas. Free and open to the public.
(SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007)

March 13-17 in NEW YORK CITY:
Thursday, March 14 - Tribeca Film Center - Sponsored by New York Women In Film & Television, Screening followed by Q&A with visiting Cuban filmmakers Marina Ochoa, Gloria Rolando, Milena Almira and Claudia Rojas. Free and open to the public.
(375 Greenwich Street, New York City, NY 10013) 

Friday, March 15, 6:00pm - Hosted by the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, Iris Morales, Director. Free and open to the public.
(175 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029, between Lexington and 3rd Ave.)

March 18-25 in MIAMI:
Thursday, March 21, 6:45pm - Miami Beach Cinematheque – Screening, followed by Q&A and Reception. Tickets $20/$18 Seniors and Students (with i.d)/$16 MBCinema Members
(1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-673-4567)

Friday, March 22, 3:00pm - Miami International University of Art & Design Screening followed by Panel discussion. 
(1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132-1418, 305-428-5700) 

Saturday, March 23 – noon - Coral Gables Art Cinema - Short films, followed by Q&A and Reception. Tickets $9.50/$11.50
(260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134, 786-385-9689)